The UFC is back on PPV this Saturday, even tough they just did a free card on Spike TV last Saturday. They have to make that paper just like everyone else.
This is no bologna card though. The heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event when Brock Lesnar takes on Cain Velasquez.
I have my fight picks locked in. Lets go fight by fight.
Diego Sanchez Vs. Paulo Thiago
Sanchez is coming off of two loses including an uninspired beating at the hands of John Hathaway. The only other loses on Diego’s resume are another back-to-back pair from 2007. As bad as he looked in his last fight, I think Diego matches up well with Thiago. Still, Diego’s last performance bothers me. There is no way I can pick him until I see a major turn around.
I was surprised to see that the betting lines on this one are quite even. I thought Diego might be a favorite here but apparently betters agree with my assessment.
UFC 109 will go live this super Saturday from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. This card was again hit hard by injury much like the last UFC card. Still 109 has a good number of names that even the casual fan should know.
Specifically, I want to note that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, not to be confused with his twin brother Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, was forced to step out from his scheduled fight against Brandon Vera due to an ankle injury.
Additionally, Josh Koscheck was forced out due to an injury just a few weeks ago.
On to the people actually fighting on Saturday. I will start at the top with the two co-main events.
Randy Couture Vs. Mark Coleman
The first time I saw Mark Coleman fight was in 1998. Yup, 12 years ago. He was actually part of the reason that I became a fan of mixed martial arts — unfortunate for him…
Pete Williams nearly took Coleman’s head off and I was hooked. (more…)
For a card that was thrown together on short notice, this one has some compelling match-ups. As you may recall, this was going to be the Lesnar-Carwin title fight and the Ortiz-Coleman brawl.
Once again Spike TV will be airing the under-card which starts at 9 and the pay-per-view card starts at 10. 106 is live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni
This is a battle between two guys who don’t actually have much on their resumes but have become decent household names regardless. Sadollah had a tough loss at the hands of Johny Hendricks in Philly at 101. Baroni is making his first UFC apperance since 2005. It’s tough to know what to make of these one, not a ton to go on in the recent memory bank.
Pick: Sadollah (more…)